I'm really not sure where these guys came from... left field, maybe.
But dang, Young Magic has got something incredible working
for them! It's the chaos of A Lull mixed with the beauty of
Blonde Redhead. The fact that their new album Melt was
produced from random pieces created over the past 2 years almost makes
my fascination for them grow. This wasn't constructed with a finely
defined plan, it just appeared.
The delicate vocals of "Sparkly" feed into the tambourine
shakes, loose coin rattles and tribal cries. There's a grooving beat
that somehow creates a gentle sway in each listener. It's intoxicating
and oddly comforting all at the same time. Hip-hop synth effects bust
out "Slip Time" and manage to keep that sway going. The
hip-hop sentiment is complete with a chorus of distorted rapping.
You leave the slow hip shakes for the quick body bounces in "You
With Air". As the title lyrics get morphed into a single Moby-style
chorus the electric keyboard bumps out a pulsating beat reminiscent
of a little Depeche Mode. "Santuary" mellows everything
down to an almost Beach House level. Vocals float on top of
each other and even though that base beat is still there with its
African rhythms, there are enough melodies to get this one stuck in
The album (unfortunately) ends with "Drawing Down The Moon".
Now it's not an unfortunate song, it's unfortunate that the album
has to end. A hint of dubstep peaks out through the beginning of the
number and the reverb helps to echo the beautiful voices through your
headphones. I say headphones as the music of Young Magic has so many
elements to it that it needs your full attention.
From what I could find these guys are brand spanking new, having
produced music for no more than 2 years. It is this fact that makes
me almost giddy. Young Magic needs to be around for a very long time.
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